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RPS 205 2012 Facilities Master Plan

  1. 1. Rockford Public School District 205 Facilities Master Plan 2012-2022
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  3. 3. Rockford PublicSchool District 205: WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN August 14, 2012 Facilities Master Plan 2012-2022
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  5. 5. Information-Age Kids trapped in Industrial-Age Schools; well-built, but out-of-date. (Bassett & Lentz)
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  7. 7. Acknowledgements We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee who worked diligently toward the development of this plan, and to the community members and our users who provided critical input. STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS: ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPERATIONS COMMITTEE BOARD OF EDUCATIONTodd Schmidt (Chair)Tasha Love, Facilities Project Planner (Co-Chair) Board Members: Chairperson: PresidentJim Heathscott, Facilities Project Manager (Co-Chair) Tim Rollins Harmon MitchellDavid Hagney, Hagney Architect, LLC Lisa JacksonErin Olson, Science Department Laura Powers Vice PresidentDavid Noel, Community Member Jude MakulecKim Mullins, Community Member Community Members:Amy Tanascu, Math Educational Leader Doug Brooks SecretaryEarl Wilsey, Schmeling Construction Co. Kim Mullins Lisa JacksonRudy Valdez, Sundstrand Sunil PuriDick Johnson, Richard L. Johnson Associates, Inc. Glen Turpoff Members:Jeffrey Fahrenwald, Rockford College Tim RollinsVirginia Wynn, Special Education Teacher Administrative Liaisons: Kenneth ScrivanoMike Lunde, Gambino Commercial & Residential Cedric Lewis, Chief Financial Officer Ronnell MooreJennifer Deuth Fritts, Larson & Darby Group Todd Schmidt, Chief Operations Officer Laura PowersDavid Henebry, Larson & Darby GroupJohn Saunders, Larson & Darby Group SuperintendentBob Woelky, Harder Corp Dr. Robert WillisBen Bernsten, First RockfordEric Willard, Chief Technology OfficerGeorge Richardson, PrincipalJacki McClellan, Secretary/EOPA PresidentGary Anderson, Gary W. Anderson Architects 7
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  9. 9. Table of ContentsAcknowledgements …………….…………… 7Introduction ………………………………… 11Section 1 Demographics ……………………………………………………………… 13-18Section 2 Facility Assessment ……………………………………………………………… 19-188 Summary • Zone Maps • Facility Inventory • Facility Spaces • Survey Data • Building Assessment • Explored Options • Examples: Renovation Projects & RenderingsSection 3 Conclusion …………………………………………………………… 189-193References ………………………………… 194-195 9
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  11. 11. IntroductionFMP Overview:In October of 2011, the RPS 205 Board of Education commissioned a detailed physicalassessment of its educational facilities. The objective of the evaluation is to provide thecommunity stakeholders a thorough understanding of the current building conditions ofall of the district s educational facilities.This study provides a "snapshot" in time of the condition of 46 educational facilities;which consist of 4 high schools, 7 middle schools, 31 elementary schools, 3 earlychildhood centers and 1 adult education building. Buildings range in age from1907-1999.FMP Process:The Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee was formed as an advisory group to guidethe process. The Committee provides recommendations to rebuild and renovatedistrict s facilities into 21st century learning environments while addressing thedeteriorated and obsolete physical condition issues. The Committee consists ofrepresentatives from the community including parents, teachers and administrative staff.The Committee met eight times during the past months. Members reviewed schooldistrict facilities data and toured the facilities to hear from the building staff and The District Overview:experience the spaces firsthand. In addition, the committee collected feedback and Rockford Public School District 205gathered data from the public, students, parents and district employees through surveys encompasses approximately 165 squareand community input meetings, to help guide the recommendations. 10,031 surveys were miles in Winnebago and Boone counties. Itcollected and 12 community meetings were hosted. is the third largest school district in Illinois and the largest employer in the RockfordThe Plan: region. The school district serves over 28,000 pre-K to grade 12 students. TheThis plan is intended to be used as a tool for potential expenditures related to District s buildings and grounds aremaintenance of, and improvements to, the existing facilities over the next ten years; along community assets where community groupswith building of several new facilities. Priority of projects was established based on annually use RPS facilities for meetings,issues associated with building condition, educational adequacy, accessibility and energy events and recreation.efficiency amongst other issues. 11
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  13. 13. Section 1Demographics…
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  15. 15. Demographics (Students) (Students) FY 08 - FY 12 ENROLLMENT TRENDSFY 08 FY 09 FY 10 FY 11 FY 1229,484 29,054 29,066 28,983 28,131 15
  16. 16. Demographics TOTAL CENSUS TOTAL CENSUS POP. CHANGE BLOCK POP. BLOCK POP. FROM PERCENT ZONES 2000 2010 2000-2010 CHANGE ZONE 1 37012 41776 4764 12.87% ZONE 2 23917 23698 -219 -0.92% ZONE 3 29808 30469 661 2.22% ZONE 4 42441 43631 1190 2.80% ZONE 5 50779 59874 9095 17.91% TOTAL POP. 183,957 199,448 15,491 8.42% IN ALL ZONES TOTAL POP. TOTAL POP. POP. CHANGE UNDER 5YRS UNDER 5YRS FROM PERCENT ZONES 2000 2010 2000-2010 CHANGE SUMMERDALE EC ZONE 1 2861 3075 214 7.48% PROPOSED NEW ZONE 2 2067 1974 -93 -4.50% EASTSIDE EC ZONE 3 2552 2498 -54 -2.12% PROPOSED NEW ZONE 4 3118 3318 200 6.41% WESTSIDE EC ZONE 5 3007 3207 200 6.65% TOTAL POP. 13,605 14,072 467 3.43% IN ALL ZONES DENNIS TEMPORARY EC FAIRVIEW EC EARLY CHILDHOOD FOR ALL as the District moves toward providing Early Childhood (EC) education for all BEYER FUTURE EC children; it is recommended that the district build two additional EC centers.TOTAL POPULATION UNDER 5 YRS WITHIN EC ZONES 16
  17. 17. Demographics MAP OF RPS’sSTUDENT DISTRIBUTION RIVERSIDE BLVD. Proposed area for ES ES New Northeast Elementary School Significant student growth is occurring in the HS MS Northeast area. As this area does not have schools, students must be transported long distances to schools. It is recommended that a new elementary school be built with future middle and high schools in mind. Carlson/ Guilford HS Spring Creek 247 ES 239 Eisenhower MS 225 Students Bused North of E. Riverside Blvd. 17
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  19. 19. Section 2Facility Assessment…
  20. 20. Facility Assessment - SummaryA detailed study of the district s educational facilities concludes that most of the district s students attend classin aging and inadequate school buildings that were built to address the educational needs of the past century.Rockford Public Schools buildings are, on average, 57 years old; 69% of the school facilities are over 50 years ofage. However, educational centers have undergone tremendous changes since the early 1960 s, which is whenmost of the district s schools were built; which also means that the facilities needs identified in this plan haveexisted for some time.The educational facilities share a number of common problems involving moisture penetrations, inadequateelectrical systems, and functional obsolesce due to the age of the facilities. Most schools do not have sufficientcapacity to handle the electrical and wiring needs of new technology. Heating systems in many buildings areproblematic and unreliable, resulting in classrooms being too hot or too cold; more then half of district sfacilities lack air conditioning. Certain programs and offices throughout the district rely on window units for airconditioning. A couple of the older schools domestic hot water system is handled from the large steam boilersthat are also used to heat the facility. As a result, the boilers are turned on in mid-August and turned off aroundmid-June so that the kitchen staff can have hot water to operate the kitchens for student meals.Also, most of the older schools do not have any mechanical ventilation; with the exception of some unitventilators, ventilation is handled by operable window. Most windows do not have screens allowing bugs andbirds to come into the building. Glazing/windows are inefficient and outdated. The single pane windows inmany schools have turned opaque with age; many don t function properly, while others along with manyskylights have been boarded up overtime. The percentage of the operating budget for the maintenance and management of the facilities has steadilydecreased, creating a capital renewal crisis as a result of years of deferred maintenance at all levels ofeducation. (Lackney & Picus, 2008) District maintenance personnel are preoccupied responding to trouble callsinstead of designing and implementing long range preventative maintenance programs. Meanwhile, dilapidatedsystems cost more each year to patch or replace piecemeal in response to emergency breakdowns. These systemsalso cost more to operate, pulling more and more operating funds away from direct classroom expenditures andtoward facilities. The older the facilities get, the more significant this drain will become. (Baltimore City PublicSchools, 2012) 20
  21. 21. Facility Assessment - SummarySince the majority of students and visitors travel to and from district s facilities by vehicles, many schools mainentrance has been relocated to the back or side of the building (closer to the parking lot) having no identifiable front door ; contributing to visitor confusion, allowing visitors to enter the building unnoticed, gaining accessto any part of the building during school hours. Also many main entrances are not accessible. Bus loading,automobile traffic and pedestrians are regularly in the same area at the same time at many locations, thus creatingvery dangerous congested conditions for loading and unloading students. Site lighting on the school campus ispoor which also contributes to a safety concern. Hardscape areas and exterior signs are deteriorating.The configuration of most schools are not equipped to support 21st century teaching and learning methods.The vast majority of schools lack adequate science classrooms; cafeterias, gymnasiums and libraries are alsooutdated. The facilities interior finishes, including carpeting and wall materials are generally worn anddeteriorated, due to wear and tear over the years. The facilities are not in compliance with ADA due to theabsence of appropriate conveying, ramps, door hardware, parking, and fixture in the school facilities. There aremany levels and stairs with no elevators. Administrative offices are inadequate in size and not central or/andvisibly located. The community spaces (i.e., cafeteria, gym and auditorium) are not easily isolated from the restof the school to allow for after hours community use while maintaining security of the academic areas.Now that small group break-out spaces are an essential part of school programs. Schools are hard-pressed tofind spaces to house many of these programs. Theses spaces are for school resource staff, book rooms, ITclosets, conference rooms (large & small), special project rooms and spaces for teacher, student and parentcollaboration. Some schools are currently using regular classrooms, closets, corridor spaces, storage rooms, gymstage and the like for these functions. Often these areas are too small and without adequate ventilation or toolarge and wasteful of space. In addition, due to the new technology and all the resource needed to support the21st century curriculum, classrooms that were designed for desks and chairs only are becoming more and morecramped.Most elementary schools have all purpose rooms which accommodate gym classes, lunch, and at times theyfunction as an auditorium, which means to clean and set-up the room for the different uses in a day can takeaway from instruction time and the students. In the past, the district has added many circular/pod type additionsto the facilities that are now a big distraction to the teachers and students because of there poor sound qualityand sight partitions between classrooms. 21
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  23. 23. Zone Maps Middle SchoolElementary School High School 23
  24. 24. Facility Inventory HVAC ORIG NO. OF NO. OF GROSS ADJ PARK Heating BUILDING AGE CONST ADDITIONS STORIES CL RMS SQ. FT. ACRES ACRES ELEVATOR POOL Boiler Roof Tops Ventilation Bldg A/C Roof Windows PaintedELEMENTARY SCHOOLSBARBOUR 14 1998 2 27 84,000 8.51 0 YES 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998BEYER 44 1968 1 23 50,357 4.82 0 2012 1968 1968 1990 1968 2001BLOOM 60 1952 1954, 1959 1 22 56,210 7.79 4.44 1952 1952 2011 1952 2001BROOKVIEW 46 1966 1968, 1969 1&2 24 48,550 8.38 11.85 2000 2000 2012 1966 2004CARLSON 42 1970 1 23 46,480 8 11.62 2003 1970 2004 2008 1970 2007C. VALLEY 74 1938 1954, 61, 62 2 13 27,610 1.91 0 1954 1938 2009 1938 2010CONKLIN 54 1958 1 22 44,080 14.24 4.58 1958 1958 2001 1958 2007ELLIS 14 1998 1 27 99,600 12.72 0 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998FROBERG 47 1965 1969 1 19 35,130 17.53 9.32 1965 1965 1991 1965 2007GREGORY 57 1955 1969 1 19 38,410 10.54 6.74 1959 1959 1969 2011 1959 2004HASKELL 54 1958 1961,1962, 1965 1&2 19 43,260 1.71 3.45 YES 1958 1999 1999 2012 1958 1998HILLMAN 46 1966 1969, 1975 1&2 25 54,585 9.46 5.45 YES 1988 1966 2012 1966 2006JOHNSON 55 1957 1 22 44,650 10 3.8 1957 1957 2001 1957 2008KING 61 1951 1972 1&2 21 41,421 2.43 0 2012 1972 1972 1991 1951 2011KISHWAUKEE 91 1921 3 26 59,857 2.34 0 2003 1921 1998 2005 2007LATHROP 54 1958 1 22 48,009 15 32.6 1958 1958 2001 1958 2002LEWIS LEMON 19 1993 1 27 66,811 4.68 0 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 2011MARSH 61 1951 1954, 1956, 1958, 1964 1&2 28 69,911 6.9 8.16 YES 1956 2009 1991 1992 2001MCINTOSH 46 1966 1969 1 20 45,720 27.46 0 1966 1966 1989 1966 2012MONTESSORI 42 1970 1 47,150 8.8 1970 1970 1968 1988 1970 2001NASHOLD 60 1952 1957, 1968 1&2 24 44,560 10.31 0 2005 1907 1997 2005 2010NELSON 105 1907 1950, 1969 1 & 2 1/2 27 57,974 2.88 0 1954 1936 1990 1936 2008RIVERDAHL 61 1951 1992 1 30 60,629 20 18.62 1952 1952 2007 1952 2009RLG. GREEN / 62 1950 1963 1 39 102,694 11.62 9.73 YES 1950 1950 2007 2001 1950 2001MUHL CENTER 43 1969 1 1952 1952 1989 1952 2001SPRING CREEK 54 1958 1959, 1964, 1965 1&2 24 49,090 10.53 0 1958 1958 2012 1958 2001THOMPSON 55 1957 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968 1&2 24 47,924 10.43 0 1965 1958 2009 1958 2008WALKER 101 1911 1950, 1969 1, 2, 3 25 57,743 2.75 0 1969 2012 1911 1969 1998 2005 2011WASHINGTON 89 1923 1958 3 37 108,511 8.71 0 YES 1939 1939 1990 1939 2007WELSH 83 1929 1940, 1954 1, 2, 2 1/2 19 50,297 6.89 8.81 2009 1929 1996 1929 2007WEST VIEW 65 1947 1953 1958 1 21 38,498 7.04 0 1975 1947 1998 1947 2010WHITE SWAN 54 1958 1959, 1962, 1964 1&2 15 35,035 2.47 0 1958 1958 1990 1958 2008 1966, 1968, 1978WHITEHEAD 53 1959 1 21 53,825 4.5 0 1959 1959 1997 1959 2001 24
  25. 25. Facility Inventory HVAC ORIG NO. OF NO. OF GROSS ADJ PARK Heating BUILDING AGE CONST ADDITIONS STORIES CL RMS SQ. FT. ACRES ACRES ELEVATOR POOL Boiler Roof Tops Ventilation Bldg A/C Roof Windows PaintedEARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERSDENNIS 59 1953 1962 1&2 20 37,217 7.88 12.46 1953 1953 1995 1953 2012FAIRVIEW 58 1954 1 19 48,360 5.04 0 1954 1954 1998 1954 2001SUMMERDALE 62 1950 1 19 47,185 8.99 0 2009 1950 2012 1950 2009MIDDLE SCHOOLSEISENHOWER 41 1971 2 37 156,417 21.5 0 YES YES 2012 2012 2012 2003 1971 2001FLINN 56 1956 1969 2&1 50 158,727 19.68 0 YES YES 1956 1956 1990 1956 2008LINCOLN 85 1927 3 62 179,286 5.8 0 YES YES 1968 1927 2002 1927 2009WEST 73 1939 1960, 1968 3&1 66 240,997 19.5 0 YES YES 1939 1939 2001 1939 2011KENNEDY (NEW)/WILSON 54 1958 1965 1&3 54 142,889 39.17 0 YES 1958 1958 1992 2000 1958 2008MARSHALL 41 1971 1 26 138,890 80.33 0 YES 1999 1971 2012 1971 2012RESA 13 1999 1&2 45 146,270 50.29 0 YES YES 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999HIGH SCHOOLSAUBURN 52 1960 2001 2 57 198,618 24.57 0 YES YES 1960 1960 2000 1960 2000EAST 73 1939 1961, 1980 3&1 71 261,861 25.18 0 YES YES 1939 1939 2002 1939 2009GUILFORD 50 1962 1966 2&1 72 233,471 77.31 3.52 YES YES 1962 1962 2000 1962 2001JEFFERSON 34 1978 3&1 87 301,894 71.85 0 YES YES 1978 1978 2003 1995 1978 2005ADULT EDUCATIONROOSEVELT 90 1922 1954 1961 3 48 154,708 4.1 0 YES 1966 1923 1991 1992 1992 Facility Terminology ASBESTOS MEP SYSTEMS BUILDING SHELL INTERIOR FINISHES ADDITIONS SITE IMPROVEMENTS ACCESSIBILITY ABATEMENT Mechanical Roofs Ceiling Auxiliary Gyms Pavements Elevators Removal of all asbestos Electrical Exterior Walls Interior Walls Café Drainage Ramps building materials Plumbing Exterior Doors Flooring Classrooms Sidewalks Windows Painting Landscaping Structure Bleachers Steps Locker Rooms Auditoriums Fixtures 25
  26. 26. - 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 1.20 1.40 KENNEDY 50 40 25 20 YRS 20 50 15 20 20 50 50 YRS AUBURN BARBOUR BEYER BLOOM Doors Roofing Elevator BROOKVIEW Windows CARLSON Ceiling Tile C. VALLEY Flooring- Tile Architectural CONKLIN Flooring - Carpet EAST EISENHOWER Fire Sprinkler System Flooring - Hardwood ELLIS Special Sys. & Equip. FAIRVIEW Fire/ Security Alarm Sys. Lightning Protection Sys. FLINN FROBERG GREGORY GUILFORD 10 30 25 15 15 20 15 15 40 15 30 20 YRS HASKELL HILLMAN JEFFERSON Boiler JOHNSON Furnaces KING Unit Heater KISHWAUKEE Heat Pumps Exhaust Fan LATHROP HVAC Equip. Cooling Towers Air Compressor LEWIS LEMON Condensing Unit Lab Fume Hoods Air-Cooled Chiller Circulation Pumps LINCOLN MARSH Water-Cooled Chiller MARSHALL MCINTOSH MONTESSORI 20 20 30 25 15 25 10 35 35 YRS NASHOLD NELSON RESA Sink RIVERDAHL RLG. GREEN / ROOSEVELT Elec. Panel SQ. FT. IN FISCAL YEAR 2011 (THERMS) Disconnects Light Fixture SPRING CREEK Water Heater Toilet Fixture Eyewash Unit SUMMERDALE NATURAL GAS USAGE PER BUILDING GROSS THOMPSON YRS Electrical Equip. Drinking Fountain Plumbing Equip. WALKER WASHINGTON 20 Main Service Switchgear WELSH BUILDING SYSTEMS with regular maintenance have an average life of: Emergency Light Fixtures WEST WEST VIEW 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 - 2.00 4.00 6.00 8.00 10.00 12.00 14.00 DENNIS AUB/KEN/MCI FAIRVIEW BARBOUR SUMMERDA BEYER EISENHOW BLOOM FLINN BROOKVIEW LINCOLN CARLSON WEST C. VALLEY KENNEDY26 CONKLIN RESA DENNIS AUBURN EAST EAST EISENHOWER GUILFORD ELLIS JEFFERSON FAIRVIEW ROOSEVEL FLINN/W.HEAD BARBOUR FROBERG BEYER GREGORY BLOOM GUILFORD BROOKVIE HASKELL CARLSON HILLMAN C. VALLEY JEFFERSON CONKLIN JOHNSON ELLIS KING FROBERG KISHWAUKEE GREGORY LATHROP HASKELL LEWIS LEMON HILLMAN LINCOLN JOHNSON MARSH KING MARSHALL KISHWAUK MONTESSORI LATHROP NASHOLD LEWIS HEATING SYSTEMS BY AGE NELSON MARSH RESA MARSHALL RIVERDAHL MCINTOSH SQ. FT. IN FISCAL YEAR 2011 (KWH) RLG. GREEN / MONTESSO ROOSEVELT NASHOLD Facility Inventory SPRING CREEK NELSON ELECTRICITY USAGE PER BUILDING GROSS SUMMERDALE RIVERDAHL THOMPSON WALKER SPRING WASHINGTON THOMPSON WELSH WALKER WEST WASHINGT WEST VIEW WELSH WEST VIEW
  27. 27. 100 110 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 0 10 20 30 5 15 25 DENNIS DENNIS FAIRVIEW FAIRVIEW SUMMERDALE SUMMERDALE EISENHOWER EISENHOWER FLINN FLINN LINCOLN LINCOLN WEST WEST KENNEDY (NEW) KENNEDY (NEW) RESA RESA AUBURN AUBURN EAST EAST GUILFORD GUILFORD JEFFERSON JEFFERSON ROOSEVELT ROOSEVELT BARBOUR BARBOUR BEYER BEYER BLOOM BLOOM BROOKVIEW BROOKVIEW CARLSON CARLSON C. VALLEY C. VALLEY CONKLIN CONKLIN ELLIS ELLIS FROBERG FROBERG GREGORY GREGORY HASKELL HASKELL HILLMAN HILLMAN JOHNSON JOHNSON KING ROOFS BY AGE KING KISHWAUKEE KISHWAUKEE BUILDINGS BY AGE LATHROP LATHROP LEWIS LEMON LEWIS LEMON MARSH MARSH MARSHALL MARSHALL MCINTOSH MCINTOSH MONTESSORI MONTESSORI NASHOLD NASHOLD NELSON NELSON RIVERDAHL RIVERDAHL RLG. GREEN RLG. GREEN SPRING CREEK SPRING CREEK THOMPSON THOMPSON WALKER WALKER WASHINGTON WASHINGTON WELSH WELSH WEST VIEW WEST VIEW 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 10 12 14 16 18 20 FAIRVIEW DENNIS SUMMERDALE FAIRVIEW EISENHOWER SUMMERDALE FLINN EISENHOWER LINCOLN FLINN WEST LINCOLN KENNEDY (NEW) WEST RESA KENNEDY (NEW) AUBURN RESA EAST AUBURN GUILFORD EAST JEFFERSON GUILFORD ROOSEVELT JEFFERSON27 BARBOUR ROOSEVELT BEYER BARBOUR BLOOM BEYER BROOKVIEW BLOOM CARLSON BROOKVIEW C. VALLEY CARLSON CONKLIN C. VALLEY ELLIS CONKLIN FROBERG ELLIS GREGORY FROBERG HASKELL GREGORY HILLMAN JOHNSON HASKELL KING HILLMAN KISHWAUKEE JOHNSON LATHROP KING KISHWAUKEE WINDOWS BY AGE LEWIS LEMON MARSH LATHROP MARSHALL LEWIS LEMON MCINTOSH MARSH MARSHALL INTERIOR PAINTED BY AGE MONTESSORI NASHOLD MCINTOSH NELSON MONTESSORI RIVERDAHL NASHOLD RLG. GREEN NELSON Facility Inventory SPRING CREEK RIVERDAHL THOMPSON RLG. GREEN WALKER SPRING CREEK WASHINGTON THOMPSON WELSH WALKER WEST VIEW WASHINGTON WHITE SWAN WELSH WHITEHEAD WEST VIEW
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  33. 33. Survey Data – Response Counts (Students)(Students) 33
  34. 34. User Needs & Concerns - Staff  We were driving by the new jail on the   The lack of meeting space in the building   No air conditioning, lockers difficult for way back from a field trip. One of the is bad now, but with adding a 7th period some students to get to, cafeteria too students said to me that it really is rotten next year it is only going to get much crowded, hallways too narrow, too spread criminals get a better building; if the worse. Teaming/Staffing meetings are out, and way too crowded. Designed by buildings are not taken care of and currently held in an office that is about people who believe students walk calmly, updated it will cost more money in the 10 by 10 in space. A recent staffing that I quietly, and quickly to their next class long run. had to attend had no fewer than 10 stopping on the way at their locker to people crammed into this tight space. exchange books, rather than kids  If the building students attend shows The door to the room had to be left bouncing off of each other with 25 lb. that you dont care or is not updated, open because it was too warm in the backpacks on everyones back. then why should the students care. office and participants in the meeting Environment does make a difference. If had to stand in the doorway and into the   Too cramped! Not near enough storage the environment is up-to-date, it will small hall because there was not enough space. Office is tiny and poorly laid out. make a difference to students and the seating available for all concerned parties Currently we do not have any true employees in the building. It will affect meeting space. OT/PT/Itinerants and the attitude of people in the building; if   The temperature control is extremely other district visitors have nowhere to go updated it will send the message that the poor. In the winter we have to open to work with students. No spaces students and the staff are worth it. It will windows on the South side. In the available for student pull out for testing make a difference summer, the temperature in my room etc. can reach 100 degrees. I have to buy my  We have an older building. It was built own fans that are noisy and produce little   The classrooms need updating: painting, strong and meant to last providing relief. Opened windows create noise new window blinds, locks on windows appropriate resources are devoted to from traffic and the hospital next door. that dont fall off when you open the maintenance and updating. 12 foot ceilings and hardwood floors in windows, new carpeting as tape is Unfortunately, this has not been done addition to the other noise create an holding down carpet in the middle of over the years. atmosphere which is not conducive to some rooms, more outlets so less need student learning. It is miserable. for extension cords. The outside of the  Obviously age is an issue--very drafty building could use some paint and repair windows, poor heating--some rooms work. very hot while other freezing.   34
  35. 35. User Needs & Concerns - Staff  The window blinds in our classrooms are   It is unfortunate that this school does   Security of building - students move extremely old and many do not work. not have a separate cafeteria and gym. freely within building during all hours – Many do not stay in place and the cords Having students eat in the gym causes even after school is out; all exits need to need to be wrapped around the window scheduling issues and a burden to student be monitored at all times with alarms hardware to keep the blinds up. I believe traffic flow by the gym in the middle of attached to alert security when an exit the windows are original to the building - the day. door is opened without an authorized ID. making them about 80 years old - needless to say they are very drafty in the   Lack of air circulation, institutional   The open concept of the building causes winter. No air conditioning and our looking (cinder block, light green) walls, classrooms to be exposed to increased windows do not have screens – since our student furniture outdated & inefficient, levels of noise from nearby classrooms building doesnt have air cond. it is storage space for student materials in the pod, as well as from movement in absolutely necessary to have windows inadequate. the center pod as classes move from the open during warm weather to create pod to other areas of the building. some air movement. As a result we often   Classrooms are too small especially for have to deal with bees and other insects. times when tutors & resource teachers   Traffic jams every day after school in The tack strip for hanging student work are in. The parking lot does not have parking lot--parents wait for students & is old and inadequate and several of the enough spaces and is unsafe for buses stall line of traffic. hallway bulletin boards are quite old - and children at arrival & dismissal. some large new bulletin boards in key Furniture is all mismatched and very old;   The furniture is so old and outdated, its places throughout the building are several issues with/heat at beginning of from the 50s. How many holes can you needed. year & no air when it is very hot. Some drill into a desk top to re-bolt it together? areas of the school need to be more Apparently infinity!  Wood paneling stage had to be converted quiet and private for testing, small to office space. groups, and parent meetings; areas where   Lunch lines too long--students dont tutors and resource teachers meet. There have time to eat--need 3 lunches instead  The visitors enter in the rear far away are no white boards or access to of 2 300 students from office so people can come in and technology. Hallways can be very noisy go anywhere. We need a front parking/ when small groups are meeting or   T he building needs mor e staff entrance. classroom teachers close their doors. bathrooms. Library can also be too loud when classrooms/people are in and around. 35
  36. 36. User Needs & Concerns - Parents/Community  I think overall our schools look   Physical conditions are at an all time low.   Definitely needs major updating! Most depressing, not upbeat. Finishes are tired Windows need REPLACING. This schools are worn out and tired; definitely looking. We should be sure windows would dramatically improve appearance not "state of the ar t" lear ning work and can be opened. Signage is and bring down utility expenses. The environments. Concerns would go as far unappealing..."no trespassing" signs decision maker must ask: Would I allow as basic things like cracked chair seats everywhere are awful. Makes our schools my home to look like this and would I (ouch) and gross moldy carpet that you seem unapproachable and unwelcoming. live in the existing buildings without trip over every time you walk down the making significant upgrades. hallway. Middle schools are lacking (big  Rockford public schools are "tired" and time) in the science dept. Labs?! Kind of "outdated". Maintenance appears to be   I believe the poor condition of the a joke! Parking lots are horrendous. I substandard (crumbling parking lots, Rockford school district facilities is a have kids in grade school, middle school, crooked sidewalks, poorly maintained contributing factor for families leaving and high school; all of them are in need playgrounds, broken windows/tile floors, the district/city. Honnonegah, Harlem, of repair!  plumbing, heating/air conditioning, B e l v i d e r e , W i n n e b a g o, B y r o n , lights out, landscaping, etc.) Nearby Pecatonica, Boylan, Lutheran, Rockford   Facilities are old; lockers are not big school districts appear to be doing a Christian, Christian Life all appear to enough for winter coats and backpacks, much better job (Harlem, Honnonegah, continually improve/maintain their halls are narrow and dreary, Feels more Belvidere, Winnebago, Byron, etc.) facilities. like a prison than and inspirational learning environment.  Many buildings do look run down, but   The poor conditions is a reflection/ or unless they are physical risk to students should I say impacts our children in a   There are not enough signs with good and staff, I prefer to spend the money on negative way. direction at the schools. direct educational items like contact hours and materials   Please increase the parking lot sizes and   We are a product of our surroundings. each school must have a separate dinning Poor appearance = poor performance.  I think that everything is ok except for area and a separate gym. All parents would agree that our children the fact that they start off taking things are our most prized possession. Lets from the schools & students. Make the show them that with excellent facilities students our first priority 36
  37. 37. User Needs & Concerns - Parents/Community  They need more plants around the   Traffic at pick up time. Because the bus   Provide good lighting and signage for school building. I would like to see more issues are terrible, people triple park. visitor/parent/students. Update interior plants and flowers planted around the They stop on both sides, park, get out of color schemes, floor coverings, and buildings. cars and leave them running, etc to pick window coverings. Update HVAC up kids. Someone will more than likely systems to provide comfortable learning  I know the improvements are all about get hurt there this winter; it s bad. environments. Consider removing the $!!! So many of the schools would look smaller schools and building schools that & feel more appealing with fresh paint   Make the main entrance to the building are more staff efficient and are adaptable and a more vibrant appearance. I work in as close to the office as possible. –Put for curriculum change. senior care & bright colors and clean common area facilities (gym, library, minimal decor, areas help them focus & cafeteria, art, etc) in main areas that is   Put more lights in the school parking lots pay attention easy to access.   The buildings need updated heat and air.  Our schools are very outdated. When   I feel as long as you keep up on the Many of the windows are not tightly compared to districts like Belvidere. outside appearance, make it look sealed. The temp in schools varies from welcoming to give the kids a positive art room to room.  Schools appear to be cluttered and look on wanting to go inside and learn. congested   Remodel the bathrooms because that is   Even without the heating/air systems, it one thing the children use daily  Close the worst buildings and continue seems to run opposite extremes in to consolidate and focus on the quality of different rooms. Its hard to dress   So many of the schools are run down, schools rather than spreading resources children accordingly for weather outside the floors are in poor condition, so thin across so many, quality not if classroom is uncomfortable. (hallways) gym floors, etc...They look quantity! dirty, if we could just freshen them up, It   It would be nice to have an outside does affect the education and morals of  A little more flowers landscape fenced in area where students could our children. improvement in the spring, so that the study during lunch hour. school entrance looks inviting 37
  38. 38. User Needs & Concerns – Secondary Student  Instead of building new court houses,   There are no shades in some of the   You should create more free spaces for jails, and other meaningless buildings classrooms and it gets very sunny. We students to study or relax and talk with more schools need to be built; every need new books. Also, most of the stalls friends like student lounges. Also I think school is crowded. in the bathroom do not lock. We need that we need better and well maintained locker rooms in the gym and uniforms to bathrooms because the ones that we  Bathrooms are filthy. Rooms are way too change in for gym. And let middle school have are disgusting. Another thing that hot even in the middle of the winter. have recess. we need is better space for the drama Only some areas have air conditioning. department. The drama department is The top floor is way too hot. There are   Plant more flowers, trees, and bushes always bouncing around from room to not enough lockers for the children. We around the school; fix the A/C and room and they always get the crappy have to share lockers which are a major circulation system as it is way too hot to rooms. safety and security issue. We also need learn even in the winter hall aides as too many fights are starting   A more appealing environment would be in the hall.   Make school look like updated (no one that is easy to learn in. How about orange carpet); should not look like an that? Additionally, better school lunches  The blinds are as old as the school, and elementary school. Look like a college; with better options can improve the rooms are either too hot or too cold on tables instead of desks. Proper size chairs school financially. You can tell what a left the top floor. It is very old, and needs for the size of high schools. over looks like! major improvement.   Repainting the walls, floors, bathrooms,   Every school I go to has an open ground  Pool areas and locker rooms, especially lockers and outside area so it can be area. They don t secure the area and is female locker rooms; showers are not more appealing and A/C the reason the kids have no physical working properly, and bathroom stalls activity time all because they need extra are atrocious. The library could use an   Put screens on windows so flies won t supervision. If they put in a fence it will update in paint, and all classrooms get in lower the need of adult supervision and window blinds are not functioning keep up childrens physical activity. properly. 38
  39. 39. User Needs & Concerns - Elementary Student  I would let us wait inside the school   New windows and new desk and chairs;   Get better bathroom doors, get lockers; because they make us wait outside in the a smart board; have our own lockers in install hooks. snow. our class room and when we go swimming have stalls to change in.   Longer lunch; longer recess  The bathrooms are gross and my room is HOT or cold and the fan in the roof is   I think the Parking needs to be changed   Separate gym from lunch. always blowing on us when we are trying in the areas outside the school. I dont to learn. like the way we stand out side in the   I would change the walls and the carpets. winter for lining up.  Paint the inside of lockers. Paint the   I would change the playground. inside of classrooms. Put new floor in   Improve/add lighting to the outside of the hall. Put in new carpet. Put smart the building, especially on nights of   New playground; more new games in boards where there arent any; new desks. programs as it is very dark and hard to gym. see kids walking as cars are moving.    We need a computer lab. We need more   I would paint the outside of the school computers in our class. We need bright   I want a computer lab, and a better to make it look better. I would also fix colored paint on the walls. We need air library. our playground a bit. conditioning.   I would change our computers. I would   I would make the school bigger and we  New paint; more playground stuff. like more. I would also like more gym, could have a bigger library with more music, art, and playground things. books.  Better playground; Science labs.     Lockers! We need lockers because I feel   I think my school could use more science  Lab so we can know more and try our belongings will be safer. I would also experiments and more activities. experiments. change the bathrooms some of the doors are broken.   I would change the walls because they  We need a computer lab. We need more are peeling off; also, the carpet because computers in class. We need bright   Have auditorium for important events we always trip on them. colored on the walls. We need air conditioning. 39

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